It’s always good to find stories that deal with homosexual love outside of an Eurocentric cultural framework. Most times I tend to find them much more compelling and more interesting. I live for love stories that involve men of different cultures and narratives that give a different view of how gay relationships work. After all, the world is not all, well, white.
That's why I'm publishing this story here today. Take for example the point of view of Asian men. Usually fetishized or rejected, there's no middle ground for them. For Asian men, the role is either one of a sex toy for 'rice queens' or total invisibility in hookup apps for others who directly express a 'preference' that stinks of racism. So stories told from an Asian perspective, with Asian actors and directors, bring a much needed breath of fresh air to a form of art that revitalizes itself when it adds other perspectives and cultures to its storytelling.
Gay media in the United States tend to homogenize love stories and gay stories in particular and frame them in a very European, white male perspective. From what I've seen men of color usually tend to be either the sidekick in the story or fall victim of some kind of tokenism at some point within narratives that try to encompass the gay experience. That's why when I find stories that tell that other side of the 'tale' I feel I need to share them or link here those who have written about them, like this post by dear Delores. Or this one by Antinous, who have talked about Tu'er Shen before I did.
So go ahead and enjoy this short film. And remember, sometimes you WILL get what your little heart desires. Be prepared for it.